Airbnb – advice for a potential new host?


So there has been a lot going on the past wee while.  The main thing being I have bought a new house and the entry date is in around 6 weeks time.  For the moment I am living in my parents spare room, surrounded by boxes, bags, clothes…….it’s joyous!  I’ve been here almost 3 weeks, which has gone pretty quickly but I’m basically wearing the same 3 outfits in rotation as I can’t find anything else!

Anyway, last night the thought came to me that I could become an airbnb host, as my new home has 2 bedrooms.  The second was supposed to be used an my office, as I work mainly from home, however there is enough space in my bedroom to have a desk and enough cupboard space to hide all my admin stuff.

The thought came to me when I was looking for airbnb properties in Yorkshire.  I’ve never actually used the site at all before and that is why I think I must be a little crazy if thinking about hosting.

I get the general jist of how it all works.  I am currently pouring over the airbnb website and community forums and noting down little nuggets of information.

Does anyone have any stories/advice/help/information/warnings they would like to share?

I don’t have a property that would be overrun with bookings so I’m not expecting it be a major money spinner but it could be a useful extra income, to allow me to squirrel away some cash – which at present I don’t do (I know, naughty me.  Or completely foolish me may be more appropriate!).  There are a couple of airbnb rentals close to me and they seem to have fairly regular rentals judging by the reviews so it could be something that works.

It wouldn’t be something I could start straight after moving in (if I did decide to go ahead).  The house doesn’t need much done to it before I move in but I need a couple of months to find the spare cash to buy the furniture I’d need to fill the room.

There’s a lot to think about, a lot to research, a lot to consider. I tend to obsess over things for a while so the research will no doubt consume most of my free time (and some of my working time – 1st class procrastinator) until I decide what to do.

Any help and guidance would be much appreciated!